Tools and Tips: Shopping Tips for the Holidays

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The holiday shopping vernacular has expanded in recent years to include Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  Combined they represent the trifecta of holiday shopping – and spending – by consumers as they participate in one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.

Black Friday: The day after Thanksgiving is considered the first day of the traditional holiday shopping season. Retailers usually offer deep discounts and extended shopping hours. The incentives work – last year, an estimated 77 million in-person shoppers hit stores, according to Practical Ecommerce

Small Business Saturday:  Coined by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and promotes shopping at small businesses. It is estimated that 85% of 2017 holiday sales took place in brick and mortar shops.

Cyber Monday: This shopping day falls on the Monday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and was created to persuade consumers to shop online. According to a report issued by Adobe, Cyber Monday sales hit $6.59 billion in 2017.

Regardless of which of these days you will be doing your holiday shopping (or perhaps you’ll be shopping on all three), here are a few tips, compliments of your local library, to help you shop smart – and save – this holiday season.

Do your research
Toys, electronics and jewelry are popular holiday gifts but it can be overwhelming to wade through the many options available.  Before you spend, join the millions of shoppers who turn to Consumer Reports to choose the best value and quality products. Consumer Reports magazine is available at all Fauquier County Public Library locations and we now offer Consumer Reports Online – making their trusted product reviews, ratings and recommendations available with the click of your mouse.  Both are free at your local library but you will need your Fauquier County Public Library card to access Consumer Reports Online.

Spread holiday cheer with Amazon

It’s nice to pamper family and friends with thoughtful gifts. Did you know that every time you to shop at, you can have a portion of your total purchase price donated to the library – at no additional cost to you!  It’s a great way to spread additional holiday cheer while making purchases for those on your holiday gift list. Simply start your Amazon shopping at Wowbrary using this link or use our QR code before making a purchase – it’s that easy.

 If you prefer to directly donate a book to the library, check out our Amazon Wish List, for books the library would like to add to its collection.  You can view Fauquier County Public Library’s Wish List on Amazon or use our QR code. Both QR codes are located at the bottom of this article.

New isn’t always best

I love giving books as holiday gifts, and I love a good bargain too. I can satisfy both by shopping at The Book Cellar, the used book store run by Friends of the Fauquier Library.  The store is stocked with a great selection of books, CDs and DVDs starting at less than a dollar. At these affordable prices, it is easy to find something for almost anyone on my holiday list. And at these prices, I can even afford to pick up a little something for myself too! The Book Cellar is located in the basement of the John Barton Payne Bldg. at 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton. It is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All sale proceeds benefit Fauquier County Public Library.

Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

QR Codes linking to library's Amazon wishlist and wowbrary link to amazon

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